Saturday, January 30, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Lawful Deception


“Pamela Samuels Young has crafted a page-turner that will keep you engrossed until the very last page. If you’re a fan of smart legal thrillers with brisk pacing, crackling dialogue and edgy, intriguing characters, Lawful Deception is for you.” --Dwayne Alexander Smith, Award-winning Author of Forty Acres. 

Once again, award-winning author Pamela Samuels Young delivers another captivating legal thriller full of unexpected twists and jaw-dropping moments you never see coming. The beautiful Bliss Fenton won't be winning any awards for Mother of the Year. Truth is, motherhood isn't nearly as important to Bliss as the cottage industry she's created: extorting wealthy men for the hefty child support she can collect.

But Bliss' greed goes too far when she takes on Fletcher McClain. The handsome music industry mogul refuses to accept her conniving conduct lying down. He retains high-profile attorney Vernetta Henderson to sue Bliss for fraud.

Enter Bliss’ unscrupulous attorney, Girlie Cortez, who has a personal score to settle with Vernetta. As the two lawyers once again go head-to-head, their legal battle quickly escalates from merely contentious to downright deadly.


Gat Damn, y'all! My girl is back better than ever with this fifth installment in my favorite lawyer series, Vernetta Henderson. OMG, this book was absolutely smokin’ hot!!!! What shocked me is that I didn’t even know Pamela had written another story in the series, and I stumbled across that fact by total accident. Let me be the first to say, in case you haven’t detected it in my writing, I loved this book! Wowwwww!

Our girl, Vernetta, has matured a great deal since the last book. She’s learned what is more important, and money is not always at the top of the list. However, that doesn’t stop her grind and hustle. Fletcher McClain, the ex-boyfriend of Vernetta, shows up at her office, out of the blue, badly in need of legal help. This dude doesn’t just need legal help, he needs the brilliant mind of a cutthroat attorney who will get him what he wants. Fletcher is the CEO of Karma Entertainment, an industry music mogul. He’s respected by most of his peers and hated by his competition. The problem with Fletcher was he didn’t know how to “keep it in his pants” so to speak. You know. . .that other head most men think with! Unfortunately, for him, he dipped his member in a crazy psycho chick, and now she’s pregnant. Umm, Lord, how does that happen? All it takes is one time, Fletcher! 

Against Vernetta’s better judgment, she decides to help her ex with his women woes. Why did I say “women?” Oh. . .did I fail to mention Fletcher has a fiancĂ©e too. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when he tells his lady he’s got his crazy ex pregnant! Once Vernetta meets with Fletcher’s ex, she soon realizes why Fletcher is having so many issues with her. This woman has made a living out of having babies for child support payments. She didn’t have a 9 to 5 like most of us, her job was lying on her back and popping out babies for the highest Baller or Roller—take your pick. Hmmph, being a “real” mother was the last thing on Miss Thang’s mind! She hooks up with the rich and famous, entraps them, and then she sits pretty on her big pile of money until her next victim happens her way. Fletcher definitely fit the bill, along with the other two babies’ daddies she has. It became perfectly clear that Bliss Fenton was not going to be easy to tame. Most everyone hated Bliss and with good reason. She treated people horribly and didn’t give a damn. She was a user and abuser and all she cared about was the almighty dollar from the wealthy persuasion.

Well, someone got sick of Bliss’s money-grubbin’ little hands and decided to end it all for her. Oh yeah, Bliss finds herself dead. Umm, what is going to happen to her children? Bliss’s best friend in the whole wide world is Jessica. Who, better than Jessica, can see to Bliss’s motherless children. Besides, she’s wealthy too and is unable to have children, so this is the perfect situation for her to fall into. It also helped that through all of Bliss’s madness, she decided to name Jessica the legal guardian over her three kids. 

Vernetta’s best friend, Special, who works at Verizon by day and is a wannabe Private Investigator at night, although, I shouldn’t say wannabe. Special definitely was named appropriately. She possesses a “special” gift for being nosey and finding out things that others cannot. She’s so close to getting her PI license, and I’m hopeful in Book Six, she will be able to run her own show, but for now, she’s doin’ the damn thing helping Vernetta out with her wealthy clients. As was the case with this Fletcher McClain situation. Vernetta hired her to do some snooping to dig up any dirt she could on Bliss Fenton due to the fact Bliss was suing Fletcher for child support to the tune of eighty-three thousand dollars a month. Good Gawd, can you believe that? What child on this earth needs that much money? Hmm? You add that up for the next eighteen years and we’re talking what, ten million or more? That is crazy as hell, and that’s exactly what Fletcher thought too, which is why he was seething that this nutty bitch even thought to ask for that much money from him. Problem was, a judge would grant it knowing how much money Fletcher makes a year. Over his dead body, he’d say. Well, as the reader presses on, you’ll soon discover, it’s not Fletcher’s dead body, but definitely the “crazy bitch” as he referred to her. 

I must say, I was hoping and praying for Bliss Fenton to die. (I know that sounds bad, but you have to read this character to understand). I kept saying, “When is this bitch going to be offed?” Hell, I was as bad as Fletcher. She angered me to no end, so I felt her exes’ pain. She put a damn number on them, but as she was quick to point out, if they weren’t so eager to “get some” from her, then they wouldn’t be in the predicament they found themselves. Hmm, Bliss does have a point!

As the story unfolds, the reader will be taking a crash course on our wonderful legal system and all it has to offer. (Bullshit, that’s what!) Some of it will appear unfair, but that’s the way our law works (usually against those who are in the right – LOL). 

Pamela Samuels Young is one of the best legal novelist I’ve ever read. Her characters are believable, fun and unforgettable.  Every one of her stories should be a movie. Her chapters are short, sweet and directly to the point. They read like a soap opera with just enough information to keep you going and sitting on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what is going to happen next. Vernetta Henderson is a strong character, as well as all the characters Pamela has added to the series. I’m telling you if you love a great legal thriller with drama, humor, and spunk, you’ve GOT to read this book! It was simply amazing and I couldn’t get enough. I read it in two days, so that should tell you something. 

Needless to say, Mello & June gives this book five stars and beyond. Outstanding read full of ummph! This is what I’m talking about! I missed Pam so much, but she amply made up for it by giving her fans this one right here! Damn, I hated this book to end! 

P.S. The nice thing about the Vernetta Henderson series is that all the books are standalones. Check out all of Pamela Samuels Young’s other books as well. I’ve read them all. She’s an amazing talent in the courtroom and out. She’s a real-life litigating attorney.

Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet/Reviewer

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